Historians/History


  • Why Jane Jacobs Matters Now

    by Peter L. Laurence

    The answer is in her last book, which almost no one reads or remembers. But her biographer thinks it’s the one we need now.


  • Remember the Generation Gap? No, Not THAT One!

    by Marc Wortman

    A generation before the sixties another group of young people resisted their elders’ entreaties to prepare for war. These were the people who became the Greatest Generation.


  • JFK. A Motorcade. A Rifle. But this Wasn’t Dallas.

    by Stephen F. Knott

    Recently discovered evidence in the archives of the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston shows there was a serious breach of security in the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis that could have altered the course of history.


  • Who Really Discovered America?

    by Ed Simon

    That’s a complicated and fraught question that no fresh discovery of the Vikings’ presence, however important, can answer.


  • The Supreme Court Mystery We Couldn’t Solve

    by Brian Johnson

    The Obama administration claims that every nominee to the Court since 1875 has received a hearing or an up or down vote. So what happened in 1875? Nothing as far as we could determine.